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How to meet locals in Jaffa Tel Aviv

My personal highlight: Following my nose to an airbnb in the middle of the arabic area where the best hummus in town is just close to it

While walking along the harbor without any plan I crush into a group of locals. They invite me to a fancy place for food and drinks. This are my first 15 minutes in Tel Aviv. This people tell me all I needed to know to discover the city the next few days.

My favorite place to hang around

Plan time in the old town area around the harbor. The port is 4,000-plus-year-old. In Jaffa ancient and bohemian collide in ever more creative ways. Think: a hive of new galleries, makers’ spaces beside bars and restaurants.

Accommodation

Book your room with airbnb. Choose YAFO creative house. As the name says, their home is full of art in every corner of the house. The owner are a group of lovely, creative people. They host art and live music events and you are always welcome to meet new people and friends of them. Take the chance to taste fresh local food, too.

Tel Aviv Streetfood – best hummus ever

Just around the corner of their home is the best hummus place in town! It’s named: Abu Hasan / Ali Karavan.

Where to go for dinner

Shila – www.en.shila-rest.co.il
I think it’s the best Mediterranean Restaurant. The restaurant serves delicious locally-sourced meat and seafood. Check out their tasty a la plancha dishes of seafood and vegetables. The waiters are friendly and dedicated to every wish you have.

Want to enjoy a good coffee?

Cafe Xoho – www.cafexoho.com
Laid back deco, delicious healthy vegetarian home-made food and good strong coffee. This place is a favorite hangout amongst local and international crowd in Tel Aviv. Be sure to try their delicious all-day breakfasts and their famous cookies.

I absolutely recommend a visit of this metropole. You will love the mix of history and modern life of happy smiling people.

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EuropeTravel

Juicy and green, natural power of Bilbao

My personal highlight: Getting used that every little thing you can eat will be served on a tiny piece of bread!

These are pintxos

I wish I could write this article in Spanish, so many emotions running through my mind in this place!
The first hours are kind of cold and unconnected. The city appears slow and isolated to me. Is it because it is summer?
Everything changes when I got in contact with the amazing nature, the harbor and the waterpower at the sea. The waves are loved by world wide surfers and I understand why, once I see the waves smashing at the coast.
I realize once again that people also in Bilbao have their siesta from 2-5 pm. Bilbao is located at the Bay of Biscay.

What are pintxos

From a culinary point of view the must tries are the pintxos. Everything you can imagine comes on a little piece of sliced bread. Fish, meat, eggs really everything.
They serve pintxos in every bar. It comes with your wine or a cerveza, maybe also comparable with the Italian aperitivo.
tapas & friends in Wiedikon (www.tapasandfriends.ch) serve the pinxtos, too, if you don’t like to travel so far.

What to do beside admiring surfer

Beside the beautiful beaches of Plentzia which is a great spot to surf and the touristy area of Casco Viejo, I absolutely recommend a stop at the imposant building designed by Frank Gehry. The Museum of Modern Art, the guggenheim museum. As an art lover you must experience this.
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Asian FoodGUIDESRestaurant Guide

Sala of Tokyo

salaoftokyo

My personal highlights: Authentic Japanese cuisine prepared from Japanese Chefs. A 4 course dinner with Wagyu-Beef or a sushi variation for lunch

Japanese delicacies since 1981

Sala of Tokyo exists since 1981 and is one of the most authentic and traditional Japanese restaurants in Switzerland. It’s located at Limmatstrasse 29. It’s famous for offering quality and fresh dishes created by only Japanese Chefs.
Getting these Chefs to Switzerland is a big administrative challenge says Manager Lorenz Muster, but considering the aim of offering a memorable Japanese food experience, having such a setup is essential. Once at the restaurant you immediately feel the authenticity of sala of tokyo.

What to choose

Start with an appetizer as the Tempura. Experience an artful plate of sushi or the excellent Japanese Kobe Wagyu Beef prepared on charcoal grill. The Tokubatsu-Kaiseki Dinner or the classical shabu shabu dinner invite to be explored, too.

Lunch-Bento boxes to go or special Sushi-Lunch offers

The ambiance at Sala of Tokyo is ideal to spend a tranquil dinner. Watch the Chef preparing the sushi and get fascinated by their knife skills!
A sake after dinner will round your meal off, they have a great selection!

www.salaoftokyo.ch

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Coffee GuideGUIDES

ViCAFE Espresso Bars

vicafe flat white

My personal highlight: One of the most flavorful take away coffee. Don’t be scared from the long line at Bellevue, it’s worth waiting 5 min.

One and only Espresso Bar Take away in Zurich with Specialty Coffee

ViCafe is a great spot for Specialty Coffee to take away. Get coffee with high quality arabica 100% beans. Their coffee is available at Bellevue, Goldbrunnenplatz and at Geroldsstrasse. I recommend the flat white which boosts up my day.

For ice coffee lover, try the Ice Cappuccino, the flavor is fantastic, no extra cream just real coffee flavor.

Find a detailed story on ViCAFE here and get to know more about their coffee philosophy.

www.vicafe.ch

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